Greta Garbo

A Cinematic Legacy

By Mark A. Vieira
(Harry N. Abrams, Hardcover, 9780810958975, 288pp.)

Publication Date: August 2005

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With her astounding beauty and enigmatic persona, Greta Garbo is the ultimate Hollywood icon. Though many books have tried to unlock the mystique of the Swedish Sphinx by focusing primarily on her personal life, "Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy" is the first to pay serious attention to what made her an icon, her 24 Hollywood films.
Celebrating the centenary of her birth, the book draws extensively on interviews, letters, and newly accessible M-G-M production files to chronicle Garbo's career from her American debut in 1926 to her self-imposed retirement in 1941 at the height of her popularity. A wealth of film stills, production photographs, and portraits, many previously unpublished, all beautifully reproduced from pristine prints, combine with Mark Vieira's engrossing text to bring vividly to life the actress who inspired the critic Kenneth Tynan to declare: What

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